The Power of Positive Attitude

We have independence. A thief can take away your money, disease can take away your health, time will take away your years – everything will be taken away from us inevitably – but there is one thing that no power in creation can take away.  That is our free will....

The Power Of Inquiry

My spiritual master taught that everyone spends their lives within a series of questions and answers. When the bird rises in the morning it begins asking questions and searching for answers. When it comes back to the nest at the night it is still asking questions and...

IPL’S ‘SPOT’ – Could That Be Leprosy?

The IPL spot fixing scandal has again revealed the ugly face of gambling. With India choosing to be a cricket loving nation and revering its player like demigods it’s no wonder that Sreesanth and company agreed to do spot-fixing. To be fair its not just cricket but...

Friday, The 13th

Is 13 is an unlucky number? If you do believe in it being unlucky, then you can count yourself as a part of a significant portion of the population today. Many people won’t fly in planes, throw a celebration party, fill in a job application, exchange marriage vows,...

Caustic Soda + Oil = Soap. Wrong

As you reach for your soap in the morning, ponder for a moment about what ingredients have gone into making it. The chemical procedure for making a basic soap is simple. Take caustic soda, add oil and some perfume. Mix them and you end up with some kind of soap. What...

The Food, The Bad and The Ugly

The Food: India’s food grain production has risen from 216 million tons in 2006-2007, to 227 million tons in 2007-2008, to 233 million tons in 2008-2009, to 235 million tons in 2009-2010, increased marginally to 235.88 million tons in 2010-2011, and is expected to...

Fair & Lovely

I remember from my college days that there was a beauty cream called Fair and Lovely, which was targeted towards young girls who felt that their darker complexions denied them their fair share of the marriage market. Well, now the manufacturers have become even...

Do You Really Have 267 Friends?

The Upanisads describe two friendly birds sitting on the same branch of a pipal tree. One of them is wise and sits silently. The other bird is busy tasting the various fruits offered by the tree. Although this bird tastes a variety of tastes sour, bitter, sweet, etc....

Crooked Timber Of Humanity

A philosopher once lamented, “From the crooked timber of humanity, how can we obtain straight things?” What exactly is ‘crooked’ with us? Well, to begin with, we have the four defects. Our senses are imperfect, we get illusion-ed, we commit...

Contemptus Mundi

Once an infamous robber was asked why he continued to rob banks. His answer – “That’s where they keep all the money”. So it seems that the only way to stop him from robbing banks was to remove all money from them. But by the same logic, if the money...

A Sensational Abortion

The great battle of Kuruksetra was over. Lord Krsna had successfully enthroned the pious Yudhighira as the king of the entire planet. His mission successful Krsna decides to take leave of his friends and go back to His majestic capital, Dvaraka. As He was about to...